Bluebell Youth Project LogoBluebell Youth Project, a community based youth project based in south Dublin city, has released a call for musicians who are interested in working part-time with small groups of young people in the age groups 10-13 and 14-19.

Bluebell is an area designated as disadvantaged through socio economic indicators. The project works on an ongoing basis with approx 200 young people per year from 10-25 years of age through informal education, aiming to enhance life skills and choices through youth work methodologies including group work, youth clubs, arts programmes, 1-1 support work, sports and recreational activities.

Arts development is one of their core methodologies in working with young people and the project recently secured financial support to further enhance and develop a music programme with the project. The youth centre is a dedicated space for young people within a larger community centre run by Dublin City Council. Within the centre there are numerous spacious rooms where music can be taught and created.

Bluebell Youth Project are seeking expressions of interest from professional musicians from music backgrounds including (but not limited to) vocals, guitar, rap and 1-1. It is expected that music sessions may take place over 2 afternoons/evenings (up to a maximum of 10 hours) per week.

Key Aims:

  • Bluebell Youth Project sees this venture as an opportunity to develop a collaborative music programme between the young people, the musician(s) and the youth workers.
  • To deliver a quality music programme to children and young people in Bluebell Community.
  • To promote and nurture an interest in music among the young people in Bluebell.
  • To give young people in Bluebell the equality of access to experience and learn music through guitar and song.
  • To promote involvement of young people and their families in the youth project through showcasing the music of young people as and when it meets the needs of the young people.
  • To document and evaluate the process with all the partners involved.

Musicians Essential Skills:

  • Experience of and interest in working with young people through music.
  • A flexible approach and understanding of the needs of young people within this type of activity.
  • A real interest in working alongside youth workers and young people to develop a strong relationship where skills can be shared.
  • Skills which encourage and support young people to grow their confidence around their music practice.
  • An interest in being involved in the development of a music programme.
  • Skills in identifying and reflecting on learning from music practice with young people through;
    • ongoing recording and evaluation of classes with youth workers and
    • project development.

Selection criteria:

  • Music practice/quality and originality of ideas
  • Experience in teaching guitar and/or singing/song writing to young people
  • Experience of working in a youth project or similar context
  • Capacity to develop and deliver the project in collaboration with youth workers and young people

Selection Process:

This is a limited selection process. Musicians are being invited to submit letter of interest and CV.  Those shortlisted will be invited to interview.

All applicants are welcome to make enquiries. Please contact gro.syrcc@ofni.

Please submit CV and cover letter by email or to:

The Manager,

Canal Communities Regional Youth Service

Bluebell Youth and Community Centre,

Bluebell Road,

Dublin 12.

Closing date: 12pm on 24st March 2014

The successful candidate(s) will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

Canal Communities Regional Youth Service is an equal opportunities employer.

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